Outburst Imperial IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Outburst Imperial IPAOutburst Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Outburst in a refreshingly bitter Imperial IPA. With 80 IBUs, and 8.5% ABV, our dry-hopped Imperial IPA delivers a bold taste with a massive hop flavor.

Added by djbreezy on 04-30-2010

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Photo of migwell
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reading reviews on this site has convinced me that I'm a handicapped person. Reason: my sense of smell is actually very limited. I have never before really felt that this was a problem in my life, but of course, it has to do with more than just scent, since the subtleties of flavor are also dependent on a refined sniffer to differentiate the finer distinctions of taste. Thus my reviews, more dependent on drinkability than flavor.

This particular offering seems to me to be pretty much the usual DIPA, since my perceptions are somewhat limited, but what I don't like about it is the obvious alcohol content, undisguised by maltiness, hops or flavor. So many other DIPA's do a much better job at this... sometimes to my detriment (I'm thinking of you, Lagunitas Maximus!)

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber color, one finger soapy head, nice lacing.
S - Nice Pine and earthy hop aromas up front, then comes some really ripe fruit. Melon, papaya, orange. Some weird burnt caramel smell too, but its strangely not too bad.
T - Big orange and citrus, as well as a toasted caramel with some mild alcohol warmth.
M - Big feeling IPA, very chewy and mildly bitter.
O - A good Double IPA, lots of flavor, depends on what your profiles are, but its something just a tad different. Its geared more at an east coast style wit the malt. Good job by pyramid though.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A SURPRISE FROM THE WIFE! I have now enjoyed half of the six pack, and now I feel confident to compose a review.

Appearance is red to amber brown, with pale gold at the bottom. A two finger tan, the color of deer hid quickly disappears to bubbles. Carbonation is pleasant, and not overpowering, furthermore this is just a smooth beer.

Smells: Grapefruit, pine, and bread pudding. Of course not a sweet smell, but an opening one.

Tastes: Pine, alcohol, and lemon zest. At the finish you can really taste the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming, not as warming as Old Raspy of course, but not too many people are comfortable in long beards, hair shirts, and priestly vestments.

Overall, this is a good beer. A grand Double IPA that does it's job well. Refreshes, and relaxes!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation which formed a large head, almost four fingers thick, which filled up almost half the glass despite some careful pouring, and tested my patience greatly. The aroma was quite citric (grapefruit, tangerine) with some floral undertones. The taste continued on the citric theme, with a tart bitterness, and a slightly spicy finish. Very clean malt presence contributed a balancing sweetness, and some tropical fruit flavors. Quite a sticky presence in the mouth, with lots of mouth coating feeling. Aftertaste was spicy and bit boozy. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of edgeh2o
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I now know what dry feels like. This beer is the complete opposite of New Belgium Rampant. The mouthfeel dissipates so quickly resulting in a dry sensation. Therefore, you can definitely find yourself drinking this one fast. Overall, a pretty standard IPA. Nothing bad, nothing excellent, one of the only Pyramid beers I'd drink.

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Photo of soju6
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark copper color, with a moderate head and nice clingy lacing.

S: Aroma pine and some grapefruit with malt sweetness and a bit of fruit in the background.

T: The taste is a mix of grapefruit and bit of pine with some caramel sweetness and bit of fruit. Has a nice bitterness a bit tart and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and quite refreshing.

O: Nice beer for the style without being a hop bomb.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dull golden yellow with a slight orange hue.

Slight stone and citrus fruit notes, herbal/piney aroma.

Stonefruit, citrus, pine.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, not great, but decent.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Reddish copper color with a 1/2" off white head.

N: Dense pine and earth rounded off by pineapple.

T: Moderately bitter and moderately sweet. Pine and earth are here. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely solid.

M: Decently resinous with a dry, scraping mouthfeel.

O: I thought this was going to be underwhelming, but it’s really solid stuff. Not complex but clean.

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Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft piney hops and an earthy caramel.

The taste was a bit tired with dull piney hops and an awkwardly assertive malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with some residual bitterness.

Overall a decent malt forward DIPA.

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter shape. No head.

Decanted on 062813 and label says drink by 091313.

Appearance: Amber color, brown, or a Halloween-ish orange. No head. No lacing, No legs. Well actually with each swill there's a 1-2mm tracing of foam, which is interesting because it looks like it is alive, but then dies quickly. Nice color but no foam.

Smell: On my third bottle now and the smell is still the same...By Odin I swear the first thing I smell is watermelon Jolly Rancher (which I despise), pizza dough yeast, grass, bamboo, wet mud, rain, passion fruit (which smells a bit like vomit), cherry, viongnier, shellac, dead pines, cactus sap.

Taste: First let me tell you that this beer really opens up once it warms up and gasses out, and changes into more different things. On cold pour the flavour (UK spelling for effect) was a thirst quenching British IPA profile with no hints of pine, easy to drink fast (if you are a DIPA drinker). At first malty yet not boozy, with a quick hop bitterness following each swallow. Now as I am on the tail end of the third 12oz serving I can taste the cherries turning into blackberries and even cabernet (well let's be realistic..Zinfandel) towards the end. The tropical candy fruit smell, Liesavers almost, Ludens cherry cough-drops maybe, is not what this tastes like at all. Tastes pretty damn good. As a DIPA drinker who seeks the pine and grapefruit this is lacking. However, this is something worth appreciating for the balance point it achieves.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not overly carbonated and yet substantial, a tad syrupy, cloyingly addictive. Might need a chaser of water if hot and thirsty.

Overall: Not great but very very good. Will drink this again I am sure.

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Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that had tons of bubbles in it and left good lacing sliding down the sides; the head faded on the faster side, but it was an above average looking head.

Smells of strong piney hops up front, with citrus following, including grapefruit, orange peel, mint, herbs, caramel, a buttered biscuit, light brown sugar and some floral notes; nice hoppy sweetness combined with a solid malt and caramel backbone. Not what I would consider a strong NorthWest DIPA nose, but still a really nice smelling IPA overall.

Tastes like it smells, with strong piney hops up front, followed by grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, mint, herbs like tea leaf, biscuit, toasted grains, light brown sugar, floral hops and spicy notes like pepper and a dash of coriander; the dry hopping listed on the bottle comes through more in the flavor, as the floral notes and spices seem to linger with the light bitterness with a chalky almost cinnamon like ending. Almost seems like vanilla notes in the finish, which was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is on the smooth side, with a medium chewy body, light carbonation and a sweet slightly bitter finish that lingers for a while. This brew hides the ABV very well, but was a lot tamer than I expected from a Seattle DIPA.

It is much more enjoyable cold and fresh, and more of a DIPA light than a true DIPA; as an IPA this would be above average, and as a DIPA it’s barely above average. Overall a good beer that’s worth a try.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great head, dies down to a solid thin layer, leaving sticky lacing (it gets a 4 for the lacing) all the way down the side. deep orange color with a hint of garnet. up front oily hops, citrus but not much in the grapefruit range, which i rather like. nose has some minty/bready something-or-other fighting with the fruits that throws me off a bit. good body, again, a pleasant oiliness/thickness that make s it stand out from others i've had. especially at this price, a great one on which to stock up.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sort of burnt, heavy dark orange in color, this beers develops a creamy yellow-tan head on top. Retention is pretty good, but what's most impressive is the creaqmy lacing that leaves a thick ring at the top of the glass followed by webby legging that follows most of the rest of the way down.
Tropical fruits do kind of burst, like...out, at least on the nose. It's followed by citrus bitterness and resin with a little mint. Malts balance but let hops take senter stage.
The taste follows suit, with maybe a bit more dryness sneaking in there and more mintiness going into the finish. Otherwise, though, all the tropical fruits, citrus, zest and resinous notes are in there.
The feel is crisp in a medium body that perhaps leans just a little light. Carbonation and crispness make for almost a frothy creaminess.

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Photo of brodericksloth
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

amber orange color; three finger off white full head good lacing; citrus clean dry hopped dipa: mango, spice (peppery) some chewy pines, grapefruit and orange zest. medium crystal grain not over baked nice malt background; hop dominated but not to the point of taking the slickness off your teeth . some alcohol hotness as it warms but pretty well hidden for 8.5% abv. would be good to try on tap to take a little of the bite off.
very good beer for the price...

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Photo of JayWhiteNM
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful copper/amber color. Very clear.

S: Citrusy pine armoa.

T: Good upfront bitterness. Lingering warmth and pine notes.

M: Crisp and refreshing.

O: I love this beer and the price really doesn't hurt either. This is a great "everyday" DIPA.

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Photo of stewart124
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a freshness date or drink by 011113. Oops.

Amber in color with a slightly off white head.

Nose had plenty of pine, minty characters and citrus.

Huge background bitterness with white pepper and citrus hitting me first. Some tropical fruit but lots of spicy bitterness and most is perceived as it was an early addition. Bread notes throughout. Some slight caramel but it is ever so slight.

The alcohol is masked well. This feels big in body but still drinks well. A nice example that doesn't seem to be driven by huge citrusy hops.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up 2 singles at Total Wine at the end of March for $1.49 a bottle. Best by 05/08/13.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a billowy white head that has some pretty awesome hang time.

Nose is herbal with a slight hint of citrus.

Taste is pine, grapefruit, slightly herbal, and a hint of liquid bread. Finish is resiny. It is kind of all over the board but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer that has a lot of hop profiles going on. Definitely tasty and one i would do again. Definitely a bargain at $6.49 for a sixer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fairly mild DIPA. Tastes pretty good but the aroma is lacking. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a DIPA. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber. Takes a hard pour to get a medium size head. Average retention and some bands of lacing.

Aroma is almost completely lacking for a DIPA. A little piney hops, thats about it.

Taste had a decent amount of bitterness and a resinous piney hops taste. Nothing complex but a nice light bitter beer.

Mouthfeel is a hair light for a DIPA. Still crisp with a good amount of bitterness and a little piney oiliness.

Not a memorable DIPA, but it stood up well to the curry I made tonight. Think I will stick with some of the hop bomb DIPAs.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by 04/03/2013 printed on the top label. A new beer for me, and got this six pack on sale from the local beer store for $3.99. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about three fingers of doughy, fluffy, khaki / tan colored head. Body is a burnt sienna orange color with plenty of bubbles rushing to the top, and some light sediment floating around. Scattered lacing.

S - Some bitter sweet citrus hops, like grapefruit, mango and papaya, but kind of faint smelling. Strong malt profile, reminiscent of a barleywine. A subtle nose, with not a whole lot of action happening.

T - Some spicy hop bitterness, and alcohol heat is most prominent with this one. Some nail polish remover alcohol astringency happening here, which isn't exactly appealing. Juicy bitter grapefruit rind, some blood orange, and a dry bitter finish. I wish I had some cheese to pair with this.

M - Feel is sticky, with some resinous hop lingerance. Finishes fairly dry with some sugary fruit tastes lingering around also.

Overall, not a beer I would want to pay full-price for, but it was definitely a decent buy for 4 dollars a six pack. A fairly simple, bitter, dry-hopped imperial IPA. An easy sipping imperial IPA, with a highly bitter hop presence. I got an entire case of these bad boys for just $15, so you definitely can't go wrong at the price this beer is selling for. A definite must have beer.

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA ---4/5

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz twist off bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No freshness info.

Pours out a hazy dark orange almost red color with a skim, somewhat retentive off white colored layer of head. Spotty lace only after a sip. Just a touch of alcohol legs are noticeable if you look hard enough.

Smells almost more malty than it does hoppy, similar to an American barleywine. Some old, maybe faded herbaly hops, woody pine. Becomes more leafy and a hint boozey as it warms.

Again, very malty, lots of chewy, sweet caramel malts are almost in balance with herbal, woody pine hops. A bit of dry grapefruit citrus bitterness in the finish. Quite a bit of alcohol warmth considering what this is.

Thick, sweet, and chewy. Resiny. It has an IPA bitterness, but the sweetness from the malt seems to throw that off a bit.

This might be a touch more hoppy if it was really fresh, but still probably not so in a way that it would become anymore enjoyable. Not my thing and not something ill come back to.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened the bottle with a bottle cap opener only to find out it was a screw top. Fail.

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color. Less than a finger of white head. There was very little lacing and head retention even with a vigorous pour.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and floral/herbal spiciness along a toffee malt backbone

T: Very much like the smell. I'm getting more citrus like orange in the taste.

M: Medium body that is very chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Interesting concept. It feels a lot like a budget IPA, but it is imperial. The spiciness in this one makes it a bit unique. Not great, but not bad either. I could see myself wanting to bring a six pack of this to a party or something.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields a thick and creamy looking 1 finger head, beer is not totally clear darker orange, I would say copper but not quite bright, head receeds to about .5 finger

S: Has that distinctive aroma that is a combination of sweet caramel malt and resiny hops that combines to smell like one aroma, good though, a tad sweet

T: Tastes about like I expected from the aroma, the balance shifts distinctly towards bitter hops, which is good, too often malt dominates these beers because of the crystal malt, that sweet toffee is still there for balance and blends with the resin, assertive bitterness finishes with a little tingle in your mouth, a well proportioned imperial IPA but lacking a little bit of that hop flavor punch that we've come to expect from the top DIPAs

M: Strong carbonation to keep the heavy flavors from sitting on your tongue, almost masks the mouthfeel which is dry but medium body

O: As I mentioned, a well balanced DIPA (as in correctly proportioned, not even between hops and malt), but lacks that flavor punch. It has the bitterness necessary.

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Photo of snohojimbo
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. As a lover of IPA's, this is, along with Deschutes Inversion, Red Hook's Longhammer, Scuttlebutt's Gale Force, or New Belgium's Ranger, one of my "daily" drinkers.

One of the advantages of this beer is that is just as good from a bottle as it is from a glass. Why drink from the bottle? Well, when I am out biking or hiking in the great Northwest, I like to take a beer or two along, and its tough to pour into a glass on the trail! :^)

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Photo of drpimento
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big beer! Poured this at a good temperature with a large, thickl, foamy, frothy, light tan head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is firstly hoppy, then malty and on the subdued side especially for as brash a beer as this. Flavor has a lot more going on tho it too, is dominated by hop and followed by malt. Fairly dry, and the carbonic tang is just right. Body is perfect. Finish is very long and bitter.

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Photo of RyanTeeter
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle via a pint glass.

a: The appearance was transparent however not crystal clear. Slight haze to it. Vigorous pour led to a thin head that disappeared within a minute.

s: Wonderful aroma. Full of citrus and floral hop. Wonderful smell - could not get my nose out of the bottle.

t: Great taste. Sweet flavor paired perfectly with the bitterness of several hop flavors.

m: Mouthfeel truly added to the overall flavor as flavor rushed into every crevice within my mouth. Slightly heavy feel to the tongue, flavor lingers just long enough to allow time in-between drinks.

o: I am not always an IPA fan however this Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA was fantastic. It wonderfully balanced the intense hop flavors with their blended malts to truly give a wonderful experience.

Currently my highest rated beer.

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Outburst Imperial IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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